Poushali Maji

Air quality, climate and developmental implications of energy policies in India

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I was interested in pursuing a career in academic research.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

Vancouver seemed like a great city to live in with its outdoor activities and multi-cultural vibe. UBC ranks high in research excellence globally and presented an excellent opportunity.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

IRES provides an ideal interdisciplinary environment to pursue my research project that spans air quality, climate and health disciplines. My PhD committee members are experts in these fields and are faculty members of IRES which additionally made the program suitable for me.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

The amazing range of South Indian food on offer in Vancouver!

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Moving from an undergraduate degree in Physics to a Master's in Renewable Energy, which was mostly energy economics and technology, and then a career in analysing wind data, prepared me for the interdisciplinary nature of my UBC graduate program.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Vancouver provides great opportunities for outdoor activities - I spend my free time running or hiking. On rainy days it's mostly board games though.


Learn more about Poushali's research

I work at the intersection of developmental, air quality and climate implications of energy consumption in India. As a rapidly industrialising developing country, universal energy access, improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions are three key energy sector goals. I study the cross-impacts of household-level clean energy transition, regional urban-rural differences in energy use and national climate policy scenarios. At household, regional and national scales, I analyse policy options that address one or more energy sector goals but potentially impact all three areas of development, air quality and climate. Finding policy options that simultaneously address the three key areas of energy sector goals could be beneficial in addressing energy issues in an integrated manner.